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National Carers Week highlights Aberdeen’s own ‘champion

National Carers Week went ahead across the UK last month – and gave Aberdeen the opportunity to highlight its very own unpaid carers’ champion. 

Integration Joint Board member Faith Jason Robertson-Foy spoke honestly and movingly to the Evening Express about her own circumstances as a carer and those of her father, Robert, whom she cares for. 

Faith, one of two unpaid carer representatives on the Board, spelled out the level of commitment she gives to the care of her dad, a former Gordon Highlander and fish merchant who now has serious health challenges.

Faith also spelled out ways in which the paid professional carers who look after her dad and those like him, and unpaid carers, could work more closely to provide more effective wrap-around care for those who need it – ideas which the ACHSCP is now looking at closely.

The Evening Express did an excellent and sensitive job of telling Faith’s personal story – and Faith is to be congratulated for having the courage to share her story with the newspaper and its readers. 

The Evening Express put it perfectly in an editorial Leader comment it published on the same day as it ran the story: 

“Every day an army of unpaid carers look after their loved-ones, often feeling isolated. Latest figures showing up to 25,000 such cases – one in 10 people in the city – is a real eye-opened which should grab the attention of the authorities. 

“These carers – parents, grandparents and children – do their best, often on top of their own demanding jobs. 

“Faith Jason Robertson-Foy deserves praise, then, for telling her story and calling for more support for people like her. 

“Her suggestion of professional and unpaid carers finding innovative ways of working together deserves to be looked at seriously. We need to find a way to care for the carers.”

 

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